Another article from our Moving Tips series. This blog posts addresses the challenges of moving with children. We give you some tips and tricks on how to do this without any extra hassle.
When making a move with children, whether local or long distance, special considerations must be made to ensure a successful move. Local movers discuss some special thoughts to give when moving a family with children.
- Keep children informed: Explain the reason for the move as well as what to expect during the next few weeks. Start as early in the process as possible, and share schedules with children who are able to read. Preparation, packing, and organizing all take up a lot of time and children may begin to feel neglected, especially if they are not sure what is going on.
- Make them feel involved: When you hire a long distance moving company, explain the route to children. Have them trace the route on a map if possible. If you are moving globally, an overseas moving company may have some neat activities that teach children about the area where they will be moving.
- Keep children busy: If the children are old enough to help, put them to work on one of the many tasks associated with moving. Older children can help wrap glassware and clean empty areas. Younger children could fold clothes or linens and carry lighter bags. Even if it may seem silly, find some small job for everyone. When children feel involved in the moving process, they are much more likely to be excited about the move. Additionally, they will not let feelings of boredom result in a disturbance to adults trying to pack or get organized. If you are planning to follow local movers in your own vehicle, be sure you have busywork to keep children occupied along the way. Montreal movers may have some additional games or magazines on hand to keep children busy during the driving and unpacking period.
- Check in with children often: In all the hustle and bustle of the moving process, parents frequently forget that relocating can be a very emotional time for children. While the prospect of moving may be invigorating and exciting for adults anticipating a new home and place of employment, children may see the whole scenario with a very different outlook. Moving may mean a new school district and new friends, which can be scary for children. Saying good-bye to best friends, teachers, and neighbors are likely to leave children with a slight sense of anxiety.
While keeping children busy during the preparation and actual move is helpful, eventually they will have to face their new future. Help them understand the concept by focusing on the positive aspects of the new location. Maybe the home is bigger or has a fenced in yard that would be perfect for a pet. Perhaps there is a pool or a community center nearby.
When settled into the new house, walk around the neighborhood with children and encourage them to make new friends. Learn what options there are for them to become involved in new activities, either socially or academically. Encourage children to discuss their thoughts and feelings with you throughout the moving process.